Fitzpatrick Resigns From Costa Mesa Planning Commission
In a letter to Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever delivered late Tuesday afternoon by email, Costa Mesa Sanitary District Director and Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick resigned from the Planning Commission effective immediately. The complete letter is below.
Fitzpatrick has been under fire for holding both of the seats simultaneously despite two legal opinions that doing so was incompatible based on state law. The Sanitary District Board filed a lawsuit to get an opinion from the State Attorney General on the subject. Had the Attorney General found that Fitzpatrick actually broke the law by holding both jobs he could have been removed from the Sanitary District position.
PRESSURED TO RESIGN?
In addition, it is rumored that he may have been pressured to resign from the Planning Commission by certain high-ranking Costa Mesa officials, perhaps in an attempt to get the lawsuit dropped.
LAWSUIT STILL PENDING...
His resignation from the Costa Mesa Planning Commission yesterday doesn't necessarily mean that his legal troubles with the Sanitary District are over. They meet in a closed session this morning, Wednesday, to discuss Fitzpatrick. He is excluded from that meeting.
We'll see what his resignation does to the grand takeover plans that seem to be in play among the OC GOP. The Costa Mesa City Council must now decide how to replace him on the Planning Commission. There is no scheduled council meeting until June 5th unless they call a special meeting to discuss the issue. It is virtually guaranteed that they will replace him with yet another of their OC GOP sycophants. The question is, which one? The drama never stops.
HERE'S HIS LETTER TO ERIC BEVER